By Franklin Hua, Technical Marketing Manager, Synology
With today’s businesses becoming more and more dependent upon data, combined with today’s distributed workforce, the need for collaboration, file sharing and syncing, and business continuity are top needs for many businesses. And, more and more businesses are discovering the cloud’s role in meeting these business needs. But, the question now is what kind of cloud is right for your client – Public cloud? Private cloud? Hybrid cloud?
At Synology, we recognize that the answer to this question differs for every client, and we’ve developed our products to address private and hybrid cloud deployments. A private cloud is where data storage is held on-site within a business infrastructure, and this data is remotely accessible for a business’ distributed workforce anywhere over the Internet. Using Synology products as private cloud storage is for those who want to maintain administration and security of data on-site.
An example is Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) an intuitive web-based operating system that’s been designed to help business users manage their documents, photos, music, videos and all other important forms of digital assets. With DSM, it’s more than just storing data. DSM works with File Station via HTTP, WebDAV or the FTP protocol — which support data encryption in transit using SSL.
Additionally, Synology provides the advantage of bi-directional syncing where files on one Synology product can be synced on multiple Synology products distributed throughout an entire region of the world. Changes on one file will propagate to the remaining Synology products within the distributed businesses. This configuration allows distributed businesses to maintain fast and private local access to files while also synchronizing files to Remote Offices/Branch Offices ensuring the consistency of the files when collaborating between multiple offices.
A combination of the private and public cloud (the hybrid cloud), Synology Cloud Sync supports the most popular public cloud file sharing services, allowing businesses to take advantage of the public cloud’s massive bandwidth and storage capacity for sharing large files with partners or customers. An example would be sharing large graphics or architectural files between various business partners or clients for manufacturing. By placing the files on the public cloud, the files are effortlessly shared using the public cloud’s bandwidth, which allows for quicker file sharing, and reducing the resource requirements at the private cloud. With today’s massive computing power, ever increasing network bandwidth capacity, and large-capacity hard drive storage, it’s not surprising that public and private clouds storage are becoming more popular with businesses of any size.
It is inevitable that many businesses will want to deploy private and public cloud technologies to take advantage of the best of what both have to offer. With Synology products, a small business can even deploy a private cloud to take advantage of on-site performance and security, with the flexibility of distributing content effortlessly and the convenience of sharing and disseminating data on a large scale via public clouds.
About the Author
Franklin Hua, Technical Marketing Manager, has been with Synology since 2006 and is focused on business and scientific topics for SMB/Enterprise IT administrators. Franklin majored in Computer Science, and his academic background is coupled with decades of experience building and repairing computers, and administrating SOHO/SMB networks. He will be speaking at the 2015 Cloud Summit on the topic of “Distributed Private Cloud for Business.”